- Buildings demonstrate a high architectural quality including visual richness and coherence
- The apartment building makes a positive contribution to the existing or desired future street character, and to the public realm
An apartment building’s façade is closely linked to its overall image and environmental performance.
The façade design will arise, in part, from the building massing. To achieve visual richness and help viewers ‘read’ the building and the activity within, the design should reflect the different parts of the building, which may also express different internal uses.
The apartment building will usually comprise a principal façade that addresses the adjacent street. That façade should be visible and attractive and should enhance the existing character of the local area or street context. However when a building is exposed to public view on all sides, or is conspicuously taller than its neighbours, all visible parts of its facades should be carefully designed.